Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Building a Fort in New York

"Parts of unfinished British fort discovered in N.Y." Associated Press  August 17, 2015

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — An archeological dig at an 18th-century military site in the southern Adirondacks has uncovered large sections of stone walls that are believed to have been constructed within a larger British fortification that was never completed more than 250 years ago.

The excavations at the state-owned Lake George Battlefield Park wrapped up on Friday, with some work being done this week to protect exposed walls by lining them with sandbags.

During the six-week summer field school sponsored by the State University of New York at Adirondack, about four dozen volunteers and students dug numerous pits in an area that was occupied by thousands of British and Colonial American soldiers during the French and Indian War.

Musket balls, gun flints, and pottery pieces were among the artifacts found amid a 35-acre park that gets few visitors despite being located in the middle of a busy summer tourist town....

You know what? Let's not go there.